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Lab and Computer Guidelines

Computer Ethics MyId:

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  • MyID Management - Changing passwords
  • Password Security
  • UGA Computing Policies

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  • PAWS – UGA wireless network, MyID authentication
  • Software Downloads - - good site for campus network problems

Licensing is different depending on the software. Some software is site licensed by the University and is truly available for anyone affiliated with the University to install. These are found at: Other than sitesoft, lab software is not available for home installation nor is it accessible via the Web. Technology fee money is used to replace all the lab computers
every three years.

GGIT Support Personnel

Kate Blane: (Sysadmin for the labs)
Robert Phares: (Web Master)

Use of Geography lab computers

  • These are not personal computers but lab computers that are kept standardized for each lab.
  • Each lab does not have the exact same software. This is too expensive to maintain. Generally, older software will not open files from newer software, e.g. MS Office 10 vs MS Office 7.
  • A listing of software in each lab is found below (see Labs and software installations). 
  • Main labs are B27, 119 (graduate lab), 153, 321, 311.
  • Most of the labs and classrooms have iMacs or Macbooks that dual boot Windows and the MacOS. Lab 153 triple boots Windows, Redhat Linux and the MacOS.
  • CD drive is on the side of the iMacs. Power button is on the back lower left of monitor.
  • Log in to the lab computers is through your MyID, MyID password. 
  • Do not save anything on the MacOS side as all personal files are deleted on logout.
  • Do not store any data on drive C on Windows: Periodically, drive C: will be erased.
  • Do not install programs on the PC without the approval of the GGIT support.
  • Please feel free to email GGIT support with suggestions for software additions to the lab computers. These will be incorporated as possible.
  • Please remember to log off the computer you are using. This will prevent the computer from locking and causing the next user problems.
  • An account for file storage can be set up on the Geography server This is network drive is traditionally mapped as an H: drive. Please do not store more than a couple of GB.
  • Many instructors use the the I: drive on Pangea for classroom data. The computers have geography-I-drive under Programs to map the I: drive as well as MapH&Idrive for both of them.
  • USB thumb drives and external drives are a good idea. Please remember to back up your important data often andkeep at least two separate archives.
  • If a lab computer is not working properly, try rebooting the computer. It is a good idea to reboot the computer before you start especially if you plan to use memory intensive programs such as ArcGIS, Imagine or the CS4 Suite. Since the lab computers are on 24-7, they often get glitches and memory fragmentation from constant use.
  • If a reboot does not help please email one of the GGIT support people.
  • Lab computers run power management software that shuts down the monitor if the computer is not used for a while. Ifthe monitor is black, press the space to reactivate. Sometimes this takes a few minutes. Otherwise check to make sure the CPU unit is on. If it is locked because a user has not logged off, it will take a hard reboot which means holding down the power button until the computer turns off.
  • The lab computers are on the Internet. The departmental server, Pangaea, is just one part of the Internet. The labcomputers use Pangaea for file sharing. If Pangaea is down, the lab computers can still be used but your H: drive cannot be accessed nor will you be able to print. Pangaea being down is different from the network being down.
  • is the license server for Feature Analyst, Imagine and ArcGIS. There are student versions of ArcGIS available. Mu Lan is the contact faculty:

Viruses and Hoaxes

  • Every effort is made to keep the lab computers virus protection current. The virus protection used is Trend Micro. Thisprogram is site licensed and is available for staff and studentsto install on their home computers Please be extremely carefulabout opening emails that contain attachments since this is amajor way that viruses are spread.
  • Please do not perpetuate the spread of chain letters and/orhoaxes. Many hoaxes continually circulate around the webspread by well-intentioned people. If you receive an emailwarning you about a virus for instance, please make sure thatit is legitimate before emailing this to all of your friends and acquaintances. A couple of URLs to check for hoaxes are: o o o Orsimply go to the google search site: put the name of the virus in the search box. This shouldpull up some URLs for you to check out.
  • Beware of Phishing Emails! These are emails that try toextract personal information such as passwords and bankaccount number by posing as legitimate identities. Legitimatesources will NEVER ask for usernames and passwords.


  • Printers cause the most problem in the labs:
  • Most Important: Lab printers are for lab printouts – and not personal use. Be especially careful about printing from the web since many sites contain 10 to 100s of pages!
  • You are welcome to add paper to the printers. If there is no paper, please check with your TA who will supply paper for the lab or check in the main Geography office.
  • There are boxes in each lab for recycling paper. Beware of reusing paper, though, in the printer itself. This can cause jams.
  • Be careful when using transparencies. Only use transparencies rated for that particular printer e.g. transparency for laserprinter, transparency for ink jet.
  • Please do not use the printers as photocopiers. Photocopiers are available in the main Geography office, Rm.204
  • If your print job does not print, please do not continue to resend the job as this indicates a problem with either yourprint job or the printer.
    1. Check to make sure paper is in printer.
    2. Check that printer is on.
    3. Turn printer off and on.
    4. Make sure the toner is not out.
    5. Make sure that you clear your print queue before logging of  the computer.
    6. Clearing Print Queue
    7. Check the printer by clicking on Start -> Printers and Faxes.Then double click on Printer that you sent your job to. Delete all entries and try resending the job.PLEASE INFORM GGIT SUPPORT OF ANY PROBLEMS (or suggestions).
    8. We do not check individual computers for problems. If you are having a problem then the next person will too. Please email

Food and drink

  • Do not eat or drink around the lab computers
  • Please clean up after yourself as a courtesy of the next user. The janitors are reluctant to clean around the computers in the lab for fear of disturbing the equipment.
  • Please do not assume that someone will clean up after you.

Screen cleaner

There are cloths available to clean the monitors especially the iMac computers.

Backup important files

If your data is important to you, be sure to back it up, especially on your carrel computers. DO NOT STORE ANYTHING ON C: DRIVE. The C: drive on the computer with a duplicate drive image periodically erases drive.

Support and training

  • Ggyfac-
  • Ggygrd-
  • Computer courses are offered through Training and Development. Graduate students are allowed to take these ifnot filled by the staff.
  • Training and Development also offers videos and CDs for check and training. Please do not expect the GGIT support to have in-depth knowledge of each piece of software.
  • There are resources available to you as graduate students with approval from your major professor. These include laptops, digital camera and digital camcorder. Most of these are for short term checkout – two weeks. Check with support for longer term checkouts

General information for Graduate Students


  • Graduate carrel lock combinations change once a semester. You will be notified before the change occurs. You can alsorequest a change.
  • The graduate carrels are Rm. 120, 149, B30 and B31
  • Most software on the lab computers is purchased.
  • Licensing is different depending on the software. Some software is site licensed by the University and is truly available for anyone affiliated with the University to install. These are found at:
  • Other than sitesoft, lab software is not available for home installation nor is it accessible via the Web.
  • Technology fee money is used to replace all the lab computers every three years.
  • All the lab computers are then reused in the carrels or surplused.
  • Anything we a UGA control number can not be sold or given away.
  • Anything that does not can be loaned out, e.g. monitors, printers.


Labs and software installations

All the computers contain the following utilities:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Filezilla FTP
  • Firefox
  • Google Earth
  • ImgBurn
  • Java
  • Media Player
  • Quicktime
  • Skype
  • VLC (Video LAN)
  • 7-Zip

B27—Geosciences Learning Center Computer Laboratory

Lab B27 is a generally accessible lab with a combo lock instead of a card swipe access system such as lab 150,153,321, &313 contain. It is accessible to undergraduate and graduate geography/geology majors in the department and to others students in geography/geology classes which currently use the room for instruction. For more information, contact Kate Blane , Geography Computer Lab and Network Manager.

  • Earth's Dynamic Surface*
  • Earthviews*
  • GA Environmental dataset (v.1)*
  • GA Interactive Atlas*
  • Plate Tectonics 2.0*
  • Topo Maps 1.1*

*Software that is not installed as a standard item on all lab computers.

Lab 119 - Graduate Student Word Processing Laboratory

  • Adobe CS4 Suite (Photoshop Illustrator)
  • ArcGis 10
  • Arcview 3.3
  • Endnote X4*
  • JMP 8.02 Data Analysis
  • Leica Geosystem Imagine 10
  • MS Office 10

*Software that is not installed as a standard item on all lab computers.

153— General Purpose Computer Laboratory - Dual Boot Windows XP / Fedora 8

Lab 153 is accessible to undergraduate and graduate geography majors in the department and to students in geography classes which currently use the room for instruction. The room is set up for projection of computer screens, overhead transparencies or slides, and may be reserved for instructional labs. For more information, contact Kate Blane , Geography Computer Systems Administrator.

  • ArcGIS 10
  • Arcview 3.3 + extensions
  • Endnote X4
  • FrontPage 2003
  • Open Geo Da*
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS Imagine 10*
  • Libre Office 3.3
  • MS Office 10
  • Plate Tectonics*
  • Stata 10*
  • Stat Transfer*

*Software that is not installed as a standard item on all lab computers.

311—Advanced GIS / Remote Sensing Computer Laboratory

  • Adobe CS4 Suite (Photoshop Illustrator)
  • ArcGis 10
  • Arcview 3.3
  • Endnote X4*
  • Leica Geosystem Imagine 10
  • LIDAS Reader for ArcGIS 10
  • LPS 10
  • MS Office 10

321—Computer Cartography / GIS Laboratory

  • Adobe Design Standard CS4 - Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Indesign CS4*
  • Adobe Flash CS3 Pro*
  • Arc GIS 10, Desktop and Workstation VBA Resources
  • ArcView 3.3 + extensions
  • Endnotes X4*
  • Feature Analyst 5
  • Golden Grapher 6*
  • Libre Office 3.3
  • LIDAR Analyst 5
  • LIDAR Recorder for ArcGIS 10
  • Leica GeosystemsGIS (Imagine 10, LPS 10)
  • Map Publisher*
  • Map Viewer 7*
  • MS Office 2010 – Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Net Support Schoool, Access, Publisher
  • Quick Terraing Reader
  • Surfer 8
  • TransCAD 4.7 – needs hardware key*

Support personnel